Who does your Premier League club sign most of their players from? And which side do they give most of their money to? All figures are from the start of the 1999/2000 season to this current transfer window…
Signed most players from: Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea (four each)
Spent most money on players from: Borussia Dortmund (£82.2m)
Until recently, Arsenal somewhat surprisingly went back to the Chelsea well more often than any other. Since 2000, they have brought William Gallas, Lassana Diarra, Yossi Benayoun and Petr Cech across the London divide.
But Dortmund is their new favourite destination, in a trend that pre-dates the arrival of Sven Mislintat as technical director. Jens Lehmann became invincible after joining in 2003, Tomas Rosicky was sadly anything but when he signed in 2007, and Sokratis and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been flying the yellow flag recently.
Signed most players from: Southampton (16)
Spent most money on players from: Liverpool (£37m)
After making the most of having an older brother on the south coast by loaning 14 Southampton players from 2002 to 2015, Bournemouth have started to branch out a little more since establishing themselves in the Premier League. Chelsea have received £30m from the Cherries over the years, but Liverpool have benefited most from their Russian oligarch-fueled fairytale. Dominic Solanke’s £19m signing more than doubled the overall money they have sent to Anfield since Craig Lindfield’s 2008 loan.
Signed most players from: Fulham (eight)
Spent most money on players from: PSV (£24m)
As well as being a professional lovely man, Chris Hughton is a fan of Dutch football. The most expensive signing in Brighton history was from AZ Alkmaar, while two of Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s predecessors joined from PSV. Davy Propper has been slightly more memorable than Fulham’s Paul Brooker. Jurgen Locadia less so, until recently.
Signed most players from: Manchester City and Stoke (eight each)
Spent most money on players from: Derby (£21.1m)
Two of the six most expensive signings in Burnley history came from Derby County, with then-record signing Jeff Hendrick’s 2016 arrival followed soon after by that of Matej Vydra. And who could possibly forget the summer 2009 unveiling of Tyrone Mears, who had just finished his loan spell with *checks notes* Marseille? Wait…
Signed most players from: Norwich (9)
Spent most money on players from: Norwich (£12.5m)
The £11m signing of Josh Murphy last summer continued a proud transfer tradition in south Wales. He makes up the bulk of a combined £12.5m sent Norwich’s way in the last 19 years, with Anthony Pilkington, David Marshall and a load of free transfers and loans accounting for the rest.
Signed most players from: Barcelona (seven)
Spent most money on players from: Athletic Bilbao (£79.6m)
Chelsea clearly have a fetish for La Liga players. They have rather pleasingly spent £77.7m on seven Barcelona players since 2000, the most expensive of which was free agent Winston Bogarde. Real Madrid pip their bitter rivals to the post ever so slightly, receiving £78.8m for Alvaro Morata (£58m), Claude Makelele (£13.8m), Geremi (£7m) and Mateo Kovacic (loan). However, Athletic Bilbao beat them both. Who would’ve thought the £8m they spent on Asier del Horno in 2005 would echo through the ages?
Signed most players from: Birmingham, Fulham and West Ham (seven each)
Spent most money on players from: Liverpool (£53m)
The two most expensive signings in Crystal Palace history are very much in a league of their own. The third-most expensive, Andros Townsend, joined for £13m; Christian Benteke and Mamadou Sakho cost £27m and £26m respectively.
They likely remember their business with Birmingham more fondly, having brought in Andy Johnson from the Midlands in 2002. Hell, at least they got scorer of mint goals Kagisho Dikgacoi from Fulham and James Tomkins from West Ham.
Signed most players from: Manchester United (nine)
Spent most money on players from: Swansea (£57m)
By now, Everton and Manchester United must be pretty well acquainted. But the former have signed just one player from the latter for more than £3m, with Morgan Schneiderlin making up £24m of the combined £30.5m Everton have handed over for United players over the years.
Instead, their deals with Swansea have been considerably more costly, if less frequent. Everton have signed two players from the Welsh club, but neither Gylfi Sigurdsson nor Ashley Williams were cheap. It seems to be a matter of time that their deals with Barcelona (£50.19m) catch up.
Signed most players from: Everton (eight)
Spent most money on players from: OGC Nice (£30m)
Before they went a bit mental last summer, Fulham previously had a penchant for giving Ligue Un sides all their money. The £17.5m they handed over to Lyon for Steve Marlet and Steed Malbranque was their record combined outlay to one side before Jean Michael Seri and Maxime Le Marchand came along a few months ago. Nice.
The Cottagers have always lacked the imagination to look too far beyond an alphabetical Premier League table for transfer inspiration however, meaning they have signed eight Everton players for £15.5m. Long live Mark Pembridge.
Signed most players from: Sheffield United (12)
Spent most money on players from: Monaco (£26.5m)
To be fair to Huddersfield, they have long weaned themselves off their Sheffield United addiction. They signed or loaned 12 players from the Blades from Martin Smith in July 2000 to Stephen Jordan in February 2011, but have gone cold turkey ever since. Only recently have they started to masquerade as a Premier League club with money to burn, with Monaco – as they tend to – reaping the benefits.
Signed most players from: Manchester City (10)
Spent most money on players from: Sporting (£51m)
You would think Leicester learned their lesson about signing players from Sporting when Islam Slimani cost the reigning Premier League champions a cool £29m for eight Premier League goals (£5.8m each) in summer 2016. Yet one year later, they agreed to sign Adrien Silva for £22m in a deal that only went through the following January because they submitted the paperwork 14 seconds late. It is surely no coincidence that they have signed no-one from regular stomping ground Manchester City since spending £25m on Kelechi Iheanacho’s four Premier League goals (£6.25m each) either.
Signed most players from: Southampton (eight)
Spent most money on players from: Southampton (£177.5m)
Shock and, indeed, horror. Even without their club-record purchase of ‘another crock’ Virgil van Dijk 12 months ago, Liverpool have still handed nine figures over to Southampton this millennium. Sadio Mane (£34m), Adam Lallana (£25m) and Dejan Lovren (£20m) did not come cheap, while Nathaniel Clyne (£12.5m) was excellent value at the time, as was Peter Crouch (£7m). Rickie Lambert (£4m), regrettably, was not.
But who was the signing that started it all? Paul Jones, who became the club’s oldest post-war debutant amid a goalkeeping injury crisis in January 2004. Fella even kept a clean sheet on his debut against Aston Villa. No wonder Jurgen Klopp thinks the club should move their scouts to St Mary’s.
Signed most players from: Arsenal, Aston Villa and West Ham (six each)
Spent most money on players from: Monaco (£95m)
Manchester City have always made a habit of punching beneath them and taking lunch money from the smaller kids. Their obsession with Aston Villa and West Ham players was established well before an influx of money allowed them to shop in slightly more illustrious markets. Which roughly translated to signing all of Arsenal’s players.
But the sextet they signed from north London cost a combined £72m, which pales in comparison to the £95m Monaco received for Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva – the only players City have ever signed from the principality.
Signed most players from: Monaco (four)
Spent most money on players from: Everton (£129.5m)
While one side of Manchester spends all of its money on Monaco players, the red half is hardly unfamiliar with that particular journey. Fabien Barthez, Patrice Evra, Radamel Falcao and Anthony Martial have all swapped the Stade Louis II for Old Trafford since 2000 in what we are contractually obliged to describe as ‘a mixed bag’.
Of course, United have saved their most expensive purchases for somewhere a little closer to home. That Wayne Rooney (£27m) was the cheapest of a trio also including Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m) and Romelu Lukaku (£75m) will never not be funny.
Signed most players from: Chelsea (eight)
Spent most money on players from: Deportivo La Coruna (£28.5m)
With the purchase of Fabian Schar last summer, Newcastle rekindled a fine working relationship with Deportivo La Coruna that had seen them sign three players from the Spanish club in as many years from 2005. Albert Luque was a relatively expensive failure at £9.5m, Fabricio Coloccini was an absolute bargain at £10.3m, and £5.7m Xisco helped persuade Kevin Keegan to resign as Magpies manager. So again, a mixed bag.
Signed most players from: Chelsea and Tottenham (eight each)
Spent most money on players from: Celtic (£43.25m)
In four summer transfer windows out of six since 2013, Southampton have signed a Celtic player. Virgil van Dijk (£13m) and Victor Wanyama (£12.5m) went onto better things, while Fraser Forster (£10m) and Stuart Armstrong (£7m) are enjoying and enduring slightly different fortunes on the south coast. As for Chelsea and Tottenham, their last signings from them were in 2015 and 2012 respectively.
Signed most players from: Portsmouth and West Ham (five each)
Spent most money on players from: Ajax (£65.5m)
Back when Tottenham used to sign players, they made great use of their Harry Redknapp survivors support group connections to ask Portsmouth and West Ham for their best cast-offs. Yet even now, Mauricio Pochettino’s side carries the unmistakable stench of Ajax. Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen prove that, provided you don’t use the Eredivisie to judge attacking players, it can be a fair barometer of quality.
Signed most players from: Udinese (31)
Spent most money on players from: Udinese (£22m)
Signed most players from: Arsenal (11)
Spent most money on players from: Lazio (£41m)
West Ham have only actually paid a fee for an Arsenal player twice: the £4m it took to sign Lucas Perez last summer, and the £3m required to bring in a broken Freddie Ljungberg in 2007. The rest have been either loans or free transfers, with Jack Wilshere recently following in the footsteps of Nigel Winterburn and Davor Suker.
Negotiations with Lazio have involved a little more nuance, with the £5m paid for Valon Behrami a mere drop in the ocean compared to the club-record £36m fee it took to sign Felipe Anderson a decade later. Liverpool (£31.5m) are not too far behind.
Signed most players from: Sunderland (11)
Spent most money on players from: Porto (£26m)
Another case of a club ignoring its transfer roots. Wolves signed Greg Halford, Jody Craddock, Alex Rae, Paul Butler, Stephen Elliott, Neill Collins, Gary Breen, Danny Graham, Carlos Edwards, Darren Ward and Joachim Bjorklund from Sunderland for a combined £6.48m between 2000 and 2014. Ruben Neves and Willy Boly can both sod off back to Porto.